Smoked Cream Cheese is divine. Top the cheese with charred olives and you have next level umami.
- 8 ounce block cream cheese
- 3/4 teaspoon barbeque rub (just use your favorite)
- 2 cups olives (I use a mix of pitted olive mix and Sicilian marinated olives from my grocery gourmet cheese section). Use any olives you like, but I would not recommend using any olives with filling in the center, including pimento.
- 1/4 cup chopped purple onion
- 6 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Place a the block of cream cheese in a smoker safe skillet. I always use my trusty cast iron.
- Score the cream cheese by using a knife to draw diagonal lines across the top of the block in both directions. This will help the cream cheese expand (but not melt) in the smoker.
- Sprinkle the rub over the top.
- Place in the smoker and make sure the temp does not rise over 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit.
- I leave it in the smoker for 2 hours.
- Mix olives, purple onion, smashed garlic, lemon juice an olive oil together .
- You can make this ahead and let it chill in the fridge until you are ready.
- About 40 minutes before the cream cheese is finished smoking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pour the olive mix into another cast iron skillet.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes until olives have a nice char on them.
- Remove the cream cheese from smoker.
- Pour the olive mixture over the cream cheese.
- Serve with garlic toast slices.
- To make the garlic toast, I slice a baguette in 1/4 inch slices.
- ix softened butter and 3-5 cloves of roasted garlic together.
- Spread over the slices and bake until golden.
- Use a barbeque rub that is low in salt (not the first ingredient). Otherwise, when you add the olives, it will be too salty.
- Try to keep the smoker at 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the block of cheese intact. You only need two hours to achieve a smokey flavor.
- To make roasted garlic for the baguette slices, cover garlic cloves in olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for several hours until garlic is fork tender.
- Allow the mixture to cool and pour the mixture into a mason jar.
- Use the olive oil as a marinade or in salad dressings.
- Mash the garlic cloves with butter and spread on breads.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
- Category: appetizers
- Cuisine: American